"Individual spiders' colouring can range from extremely light yellow to very dark grey, but all European garden spiders have mottled markings across the back, with five or more large, white dots forming a cross. The white dots result from cells filled with guanine, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism" Wikipedia
"The European garden spider, diadem spider, cross spider, or cross orbweaver (Araneus diadematus) is a very common and well-known orb-weaver spider in Europe and parts of North America, in a range extending from New England and the Southeast to California and the northwestern United States and adjacent parts of southern Canada" Wikipedia
Also called European Garden Spider Thanks to J for the link, and to Patrick Carney of BugGuide.net for the eval Apparently, Araneus and Neoscona are distinguished by a longitudinal groove on the carapace, which neoscona has and araneus does not.
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Spotted on Sep 26, 2012
Submitted on Sep 26, 2012